Even the double-in, double-out set arrangement of this World Grand Prix is famously among the roughest about the PDC Tour, so that to property the nine-dart finish is your dream.
Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan will always be remembered for his nine-dart ending against James Wade in the 2011 World Grand Prix.
Dolan established history as the first player to attain a nine-dart complete in the double-start arrangement, which was the highlight of his career and earned him the nickname’The History Maker’.
He made the performance of his own lifetime in a defeat of world # 3 Wade, that was crowned when he struck a leg that was perfect at the game’s second group.
Dolan opened the leg using a 160 score before incorporating a 180 and a gorgeous 161 finish – treble 20, treble 17, and the bullseye – to get a magic moment which sent the Citywest Convention Centre into a frenzy and earned him a 5,000 bonus on top of a guaranteed minimal pay-day of #40,000 for reaching the final.
“It’s absolutely brilliant,” said Dolan. “I have only done three or four normal nine-darters in practice, so to perform one on TV with a double-start is wonderful.
“Once I hit on the 160 and 180, I was focusing so hard on obtaining the seventh dart in the treble 20. When I hit on the treble 17 I understood the bullseye was going to go in, I felt that comfy there.
“It’s the greatest time of my career to hit a nine-darter and get to the final of a significant tournament is magnificent and the only thing which could out-rank it’s to win the final today.”
Dolan encounter at the tournament came to an end if he lost 6-3 in the final to Phil Taylor.
In the World Grand Prix in 2014, Robert Thornton and James Wade created history as nine-dart finishes threw in the match.
Thornton overlooked four darts to win the game and that enabled it to be won 3-2 by Wade to advance. It was made by him all of the way to closing that season before losing.
The biggest names in darts will probably return for the 2019 World Grand Prix from October 6-12 to Dublin’s Citywest Hotel and you will be able to watch all the action on Sky Sports.
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